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How Hong Kong’s big art families are redefining Chinese ink painting ... with fountain pens

"We shouldn’t set too many boundaries when passing on the traditional art to the next generation"

He Baili, 72

Chinese ink painting is evolving, say two fathers and sons, and the emphasis is more on creativity than sticking rigidly to traditional principles.

Chinese ink paintings are usually done with a brush traditionally made from bamboo and animal hair. But Hung chooses the pen, calling it a “more realistic” instrument with which he feels “more familiar”. “Like many other young people, I sometimes feel that traditional paintings seem quite untouchable,” he said. “I wonder if tradition means perfection, and I doubt whether I am able to question it, or accurately find out what the good things are in it so that I can preserve or learn from them.” Since contemporary ink art is more open to the use of different tools, he said, “we don’t even use pens a lot these days, let alone brushes”.

Read the full story at the South China Morning Post.

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